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By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Mark Raftery celebrates Father's Day with tri-tip and sangria at Ramona Ranch Winery

June 18, 2017 (Ramona) – What could bring a smile to Dads more than savoring grilled tri-tip, wine and sangria on a canopied hilltop terrace?  Ramona Ranch Winery provided this idyllic setting, drawing a crowd for Father’s Day this afternoon despite  a pre-summer heat wave.

Alyssa Walker, a young singer-songwriter with an angelic voice and remarkable talent, provided entertainment while we dined, sipped, and made some new friends while enjoying vineyard and garden views.

Caterer John Little, who also owns the Roundup Grill restaurant at Lake Henshaw, carve the delicious tri-tip, also serving up savory baked beans, salad, grilled corn on the cob,  corn bread muffins with jalapeños, and bread pudding—ultimate comfort food.

Winemaker Micole Moore and his partner, Teri Kerns, personally poured a variety of vintages to taste –  including a delightful new white wine, “Burlesque” blend of muscat and estate Symphony with hints of orange blossom and apricot. 

We took home a bottle of our favorite red, a super Tuscan that again won a gold medal at the Taste of the Coast competition, to enjoy at home.

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